In this groundbreaking new book about Princess Diana, writer and former BBC correspondent Ted Harrison explores how her life came to have particular meaning historically, culturally and spiritually, and how a legend was created.
Diana, the unremarkable teenage daughter of a British aristocratic family, with no special claims to intelligence or talent, came to haunt the imagination and memories of millions of people around the world and has carved herself a unique place in history. Her private life became the object of intense scrutiny by the press and public around the world, and her tragic death was considered by many to be surrounded by unusual or suspicious circumstances.
The Diana we knew has now become enveloped by myths and legends, and in exploring this phenomenon Ted Harrison uncovers some revealing truths, and investigates why the life and spirit of Diana continues to resonate so strongly with us even years after her death. Touching everything from her marriage to Charles in 1981 to the fateful night of 31st August 1997, this beautifully written book shines a new light on a woman who is still an important figure in all our lives.
Ted Harrison is an experienced author and former BBC correspondent. His books include a biography of the Olympic athlete, Kriss Akabusi, and he has made a BBC documentary on the cult of Elvis Presley and another with the Prince of Wales. He holds a PhD for his work on Christian stigmatisation and how contemporary myths are created. This book will make him a leading commentator on the Diana legacy.